Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Volupte du Gout Voluptuous Taste

French Painting in the Age of Madame de Pompadour

While browsing the shelves of my favorite bookstore, I was so smitten by this book, titled La volupté du goût (“Voluptuous Taste”) by Philippe Le Leyzour and Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, that I purchased it on impulse, something I almost never do. It explores the role played by Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s most influential mistress and […]

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Van Dyck Family portrait

More treasures from the Van Dyck exhibition at the Jacquemart-André

November is coming to a close. Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is on us. This reminds me that there were too many great works to fit into prior post about the Van Dyck exhibition at the at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris. Here is family portrait from Van Dyck’s early Flemish period. Keep in […]

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Monet Turkeys Chateau de Rottembourg Montgeron

Monet’s White Turkeys

Claude Monet’s white turkeys in The Château de Rottembourg à Montgeron. You can admire the painting at the Musée d’Orsay. Enjoy this gorgeous work, and see you on Monday!

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Van Dyck Maria de Tassis

Sir Anthony Van Dyck, gentleman-paynter

I couldn’t resist using the antiquated spelling. For that was Sir Anthony’s full title: Principalle Paynter in Ordinarie to their Majesties. I visited the beautiful exhibition dedicated to Van Dyck at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris. First a short biography of the artist (here, in this self-portrait painted in his early twenties.) Born in 1599 […]

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Watteau Cythera

Watteau and Cythera

This is Jean-Antoine Watteau’s Embarquement pour Cythère, “Embarkation for Cythera.” Wretched translation, I must say. Why not simply “Setting sail for Cythera?” Cythera in Greek mythology is the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love. Hence the cherubs hovering over the scene. This would mean that the men and women we see here are on a […]

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Velasquez Infanta Margarita

Paris exhibitions: an overview of the Fall 2008 season

Thanks to Sheramy at Van Gogh’s Chair for her Fall Exhibition Roundup. For Paris, Sheramy mentions Mystery and Glitter: Pastels in the Musée d’Orsay, from October 8, 2008 to February 1, 2009. This should indeed be wonderful. Also noteworthy at Orsay: Picasso/Manet: Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (a tie-up with the major Picasso show at the […]

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jeff koons versailles

Jeff Koons at Versailles: a few pictures…

… are worth a thousand words.

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Jeff Koons Balloon Flower

Jeff Koons before Versailles

The exhibition opens today! And whoever dreamed up this concept had a certain flair for provocation. The French and international press is abuzz with talk of the controversy. I, for one, am no fan of Jeff Koons‘s Made in Heaven series, featuring the artist involved in various sexual activities with his then wife, former porn […]

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Another take on the Boucher-Chardin exhibition at the Wallace

Brian Sewell is right in all he says in the Evening Standard about this exhibition. Yes, the “study of teapots” subtext given by the curators to paintings such as these Chardins is absurd, and can only be explained by the need to fill the space dedicated to the show. Yes, the dimly lit basement of […]

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Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian and her daughters: at the crossroads of art and science

This exhibition, titled Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science, brings long overdue attention to these three naturalists and painters. Maria Sibylla, born in Frankfurt in 1647 into a family of publishers and printers, was encouraged to develop her artistic gifts by her stepfather, himself a still-life painter. She published her first […]

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